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How to Recover Old Chairs

10.15.2015


My aunt bought me these awesome chairs at a garage sale. However, the actual seat parts were falling apart. The fabric was ripped (and hideous), the foam was showing (and yucky), and overall they just needed a little bit of love. So after storing them in my aunt's garage and then my garage and in various places around the house for just about 4 years I decided it was finally time we tackle this project.

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I learned a few tips as we recovered these chairs that I'd like to share with you:

-Measure the dimensions of your seat before you buy your fabric. This may seem like a no brainer, but I kind of just guessed and my fabric was ALMOST too small. I would have been so bummed had I spent money on my fabric and couldn't use any of it.

I wanted to recover these chairs all in their own fabric. My style is very colorful and bright and I love using my chairs to bring color into my kitchen.

-I decided to use regular fabric instead of upholstery fabric but I added some plastic/vinyl as a top layer, because you know.... living with kids is MESSY! And I decided to use a medium weight vinyl instead of a heavy weight vinyl because I think that it is more comfortable to sit on (not quite as stiff) and it was like 1/6th of the price!

-If you are recovering chairs get ready to spend A LOT of time pulling out staples. I think I pulled roughly 1,000,000 staples out before I got the old, ugly fabric off the seats. It was very tedious and overall the worst part of the process.

-After you get all of the staples out, be prepared to put a lot more right back in. We used 9/16th" staples in our electric stapler. I've recovered some chairs before and I used a non-electric stapler (still a tool stapler but not electric) and it was much harder.

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As always, before I do a project I can't help but peruse Pinterest. Here are a few links related to this topic that I found particularly interesting/helpful:

-I love this step by step guide as well as how they do their corners. I also like that they used batting between the foam and the fabric. I think next time I might do this as well...

-This is another very interesting way to do corners (since there are like a million different ways to do the corners).

-A good step-by-step guide if you are a visual learner, like I am.

-And then you can't go wrong with Design Sponge. Here are some Upholstering Basics.

-I saw this neat little furniture/fabric guide on Pinterest a few years ago and I knew someday it would come in handy. How much fabric to buy based on what type of chair you're recovering.

And last but not least, here are my finished chairs! I love how they turned out!

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8 comments:

  1. They are seriously so beautiful! And way more comfy than they look at first! I also love that the design on the backs of the chair isn't old fashioned - you lucked out!

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    1. Yeah I like the back of them too! Not old looking but also not too funky modern.

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    1. You picked out the fabric! So you should be!

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  3. Adorable. My 2 year old ruined our chairs and this is just what we need! Thank you!!

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